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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

7

Apr

2017

When legislative budget leads start talking, here is what cities think of their ideas

Lead House and Senate negotiators have not publicly agreed to talks, but when they start, AWC has shared key items needed to support strong cities and towns across the state.

7

Apr

2017

Discussions continue on small cell deployment

While SB 5711 is officially dead for this year, discussions continue about permitting of small cell facilities, pole attachment rates and other costs, and the need for more rural broadband.

7

Apr

2017

Multiple fire district bills continuing to progress in the Legislature

SB 5628 would create a mechanism for a city to establish a fire protection district with boundaries that equal the city’s boundaries.

7

Apr

2017

Good news for cities in House capital budget

Last week we gave you highlights on the Senate’s proposed capital budget that has many positives for cities.

7

Apr

2017

Senate considers bill to reduce government tort liability

Sen. Dino Rossi (R-Sammamish) has sponsored SB 5896 which would reduce state and local government liability in numerous ways.

7

Apr

2017

House revenue proposal related to House budget moves out of committee

HB 2186, the House revenue proposal released in conjunction with the House proposed budget passed out of the House Finance Committee last week with a few amendments placing sunset dates and on new taxes and reporting requirements on tax preferences related to B&O and REET.

7

Apr

2017

Business license bills ready for possible action

EHB 2005 was moved out of the Senate Rules Committee and is ready for possible floor action.

7

Apr

2017

The Senate votes out AWC priority public records bill and action is planned this week on the other but help is needed

HB 1594 and HB 1595 are awaiting action by the full Senate.

7

Apr

2017

Attorney General guidance on immigration enforcement

The Department of Justice (DOJ) was in the news recently announcing their plan to require cities applying for DOJ grants to certify their compliance with federal law, including Section 1373 of the U.S. Code.

7

Apr

2017

Talk to your local media about budget impacts of potential LEOFF 2 costs

AWC has been hearing from cities across the state about the impacts from potential increases in Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension costs.
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Categories: Personnel

5

Apr

2017

Share AWC House and Senate budget comment letter with your legislators

Representing all 281 cities and towns, AWC testified in both chambers on our impressions of how each budget helps or hurts strong cities.

3

Apr

2017

Spring into action!

With three weeks left before this session is scheduled to conclude, legislators are now focused on resolving budget and policy differences between House Majority Democrats and Senate Majority Republicans.

31

Mar

2017

Bill authorizes local governments to establish creative districts

HB 1183 would grant the Washington State Arts Commission the authority to certify creative districts designated by local governments or tribes as areas that promote “cultural facilities, creative industries, or arts-related business.”

31

Mar

2017

Public records bills still moving in the Senate

AWC’s priority public records bills, HB 1594 and HB 1595, passed another milestone last week

31

Mar

2017

Bill uses rainy day fund to buy down PERS 1 liability

The PERS 1 pension plan has an unfunded liability (underfunded actuarially accrued liability or UAAL) of about $5 billion.
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Categories: Personnel

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